April 1st, 2011
The toughest division in high school softball just got a whole lot tougher.
Yes, the heavyweights are back in Division I-North -- state finalist Mount St. Charles, Cumberland, and Lincoln -- and with each team only losing a couple of key players to graduation, they should again be forces to be reckoned with this spring.
The sights and smells that remind us a new baseball season is dawning are everywhere at McCoy Stadium.
WOONSOCKET- Carol Ann (Laramee) Napolitano, 54, of Ballou St., Woonsocket, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at home. A lifelong city resident, she was the daughter of Theodore M. and Carol A. (Decelles) Laramee of Woonsocket.
Carol Ann was a 1976 graduate of Woonsocket High School and attended CCRI. She spent most of her career working in retail sales and management. A communicant of Holy Family Church, she also spent a lot of time volunteering for the church and other local community services for the elderly and poor.
BURRILLVILLE - Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) Executive Director Keith Stokes visited with the Burrillville Town Council Tuesday to discuss local economic development initiatives.
WOONSOCKET â Math and science are usually something students face in the classroom or at home when they open their books to do homework.
But at the Hamlet Avenue middle school on Wednesday night, math and science were subjects to be enjoyed in the form of brain teasers and geometry games and presentations about the environment.
The games pitted students against their parents in some fun, but difficult, challenges based on assembling designs with geometric shapes or variations of the popular Sudoku numbers game.
WOONSOCKET â It takes a lot to get an easygoing person like Joe Gardner angry, but thatâs exactly how the Woonsocket Boxing Club fighter felt on the afternoon of his first main event fight and EBA (Eastern Boxing Association) New England light heavyweight title defense on March 16.
Instead of heading to Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.âs âBoxing At The Royaleâ show in Boston for his much-anticipated eight-round showdown with Lowell, Mass.âs âIrishâ Joey McCreedy, Gardner found himself staying home because the show was abruptly postponed.
SLATERSVILLE- Hedwig C. Dobrowolski, 87, resident of Wakefield, formally of Slatersville died March 29, 2011 at the So. County Hospital in Wakefield.
Loving wife of the late Stanley W. Dobrowolski.
Born in Worcester MA, a daughter of the late Julian & Stanislawa (Hetnick) Ruchala.
She worked as a seamstress for the Denhom Co. in Worcester MA; she also was a teacher in painting and doing arts and crafts. She was a member of St. Johns Ladies Guild and the womens auxiliary of the VFW.
Normand C. Berard
WOONSOCKET- Normand C. Berard 81, formerly of Manville Rd., and St. Paul St. North Smithfield, died Tuesday at Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of Theresa (Tetreault) Poitras Berard and the late Blanche (Leclair) Berard.
Mr. Berard was born in Woonsocket a son of the late Clovis and Juliette (Piche) Berard.
He was a meat cutter for Star Market for twenty four years retiring in 1988.
WOONSOCKET- Raymond P. McKenna, 72, of Bernon St, Woonsocket, died Wednesday at home. He was the husband of Brenda F. (Plante) McKenna.
Born in Montreal, PQ, Canada, he was a son of the late Euclide "Edward" and Emeralda (DeCasse) McKenna. He was raised in Montreal and resided in Woonsocket for over 50 years.
Mr. McKenna was employed as a truck driver for Regency Inc. for many years.
CUMBERLAND â For the first few weeks of the spring season, the courts have been empty at Tucker Field, the home of the Cumberland High boysâ tennis team.
Thatâs doesnât mean the Clippers havenât been practicing for their upcoming (and very challenging) campaign in Division I after a four-year absence. While work is in the process of being done to reconstruct the courts, longtime CHS head coach John Jasionowski has managed to prepare his squad by first utilizing the courts at the Abbott Run Valley Club and then over at the nearby Sher-Le-Mon Swim Club.